On 6 March 2019, Riga hosted the fifth political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and the Ministry of External Affairs of India. Latvia was represented by Under Secretary, Political Director Jānis Mažeiks, and the delegation of India was headed by Secretary (West) A. Gitesh Sarma. During the visit, the delegation of India also met with the State Secretary Andris Pelšs for a discussion on the dynamic of bilateral relations and opportunities for future cooperation.
The consultation addressed a broad spectrum of bilateral and regional matters and cooperation in international organisations. The parties stressed the need for intensifying the political dialogue, expanding business cooperation and developing cultural and people-to-people contacts. Mutual commitment was expressed to signing a Latvia-India cultural cooperation programme in the near future.
With a view to promoting a closer economic cooperation, the parties discussed the ways to strengthen contacts between the companies of the two countries. Jānis Mažeiks expressed satisfaction with Indian students increasingly appreciating the offer of Latvia’s higher education institutions. He pointed out that Latvia sought to enhance the legal framework in the higher education sector.
In a discussion on latest regional and international developments, the Indian side presented its perspective of the terrorism problem in the region. The Latvian side strongly condemned any manifestations of terrorism, including the terror attack in Pulwama, India, on 14 February. The Latvian diplomats called for seeking ways to reduce tension and underlined the need to deal with the conflict through dialogue and building mutual trust.
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